ForkLift free download for Mac


16 June 2020

Powerful file manager: FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, and more.


ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed Mac software.

ForkLift will connect to any remote server SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Google Drive, Rackspace CloudFiles, SMB, AFP and NFS shares on your local network,- pretty much anything you can plug into or hook up to a Mac. ForkLift also carries a complete toolbox for managing your files, including Folder Synchronization, Multi-Rename, Archive handling, Application deleter, editing files over remote connections and many more. All these power features are packaged into a Finder-like, dual-pane interface that delivers superior workflow while remaining absolutely familiar to use, along with Quick Look, Spotlight search and all.

  • Completely rewritten entirely in Swift
  • ForkLift Mini
  • Two-way Sync
  • Preview
  • Quick Open
  • Multi Rename
  • Dark Mode
  • Dual Pane split vertically or horizontally
  • Favorite Sync via Dropbox
  • Dropbox Support
  • Transfer bandwidth throttling
  • Tags Support
  • Disklet
  • Sync Browsing
  • Tabs
  • Search by name, extention, kind, tags, or content
  • Quick Select
  • App Deleter
  • Remote Editing
  • Archive Management
  • Keyboard Control
  • Workspaces
  • FXP Copy
  • Tools
  • Git Support
  • Open in Terminal, iTerm, or Hyper
  • Hidden Files
  • Share
  • Possible to set as default file viewer
  • File Compare with FileMerge, Kaleidoscope, Beyond Compare, and Araxis Merge support
  • Multilingual: English, Chinese Simplified, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian

What's new in ForkLift

Version 3.4:
  • This update contains a critical fix of a local security vulnerability in the helper tool of ForkLift. We strongly advise to update ForkLift to version 3.4 immediately. After updating ForkLift, ForkLift will automatically propmt you to update the helper tool on the first launch if needed.

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335 Reviews of ForkLift

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05 September 2019
Version: 3.3.4

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As a very faithful used of Transmit (which has lately given me problems) , I've completely moved to ForkLift for my server needs. AND I've made the switch form PathFinder as well, I always thought it a bit weird to use an ftp client as a Finder replacement.. but it's great having just "one app to do it all". This terminal command: defaults write -g NSFileViewer -string com.binarynights.ForkLift-3 ("antidote" is: defaults delete -g NSFileViewer) works to turn ForkLift into the default viewer, meaning Finder can be quit (just as I could with PathFinder). I just wish we could have colored icons as an option in the Sidebar and shortcut to focus between panels.
20 July 2020
Version: 3.4
Was using ParthFinder (PF) for years and move to ForkLift (FL) as PF price sheme changed. After months, I can say it was a great move as FL beat PF on many options. Thank you PF.
08 June 2020
Version: 3.3.9
I purchased version 3.0 when trying to find alternative of Transmit 4 that is starting to act weird on my catalina and I'm really impressed with the new Fork Lift improvements. I'm a forklift 2 user but I'm just using it only when I need to rename multiple files lol But now I can see that I will use it often. It replaced about 4+ more apps I usually use, such as for ftp, app uninstaller, folder sync, cloud mounter, quick diff etc. It also will likely will improve some of my workflows
27 May 2020
Version: 3.3.9
Forklift 3.3.9 works great when used locally. But as soon as I work with servers, this program is a disaster. I work in pre-press. The daily work with data archives and therefore also with large archived project folders (image data) are my tasks. Simple things like data search, aliases from the server to local via drag n drop, or even generally opening folders is a pure imposition. Yesterday I tried the latest version of Pathfinder as a comparison. What can I say... Pathfinder performs these tasks with a performance I actually wish for. Too bad, especially Forklift has a very intuitive design and is better in handling. Despite these shortcomings, Forklift has become very dear to my heart over the last few years. All the more I hope that the developer will react very soon concerning the performance. Many thanks in advance.
06 April 2020
Version: 3.3.8
I originally bought ForkLift as an SFTP client to replace my old Transmit 4 after comparing Transmit 5 and ForkLift 3. Now, I use it all the time as a file browser because it's just so practical and convenient. I also appreciate the support. Good job!
03 April 2020
Version: 3.3.8
To be fair I bought this app just for the ease of use of drag and drop. There may be an easier way to do what I wanted but do not have a mac person just to call up and ask a quick question.
21 February 2020
Version: 3.3.8
Hi, does Forklift have segmented downloads?
03 January 2020
Version: 3.3.7
This is specifically for Forklift 3 - I used earlier versions of Forklift for years but I really think Forklift 3 kinda sucks in comparison. Sure they added new features, but I really don't find myself using any of them, however where the new version falls down is on basic file copying which seems slower than in previous versions. This is particularly noticeable when moving a file between two machines that are other than your Mac, for example when you connect to two servers via SFTP and move a large file from one to the other. In earlier versions of Forklift it simply copied the file, and as soon as the file started copying you could see the partial file on the destination server if you were in a ssh session. In the new Forklift, for some reason it seems to copy the complete file to the system you are running Forklift on, and only after it has received a full copy does it begin to copy it to the destination machine. If you are watching the progress bar you will see it make two passes rather than one for each file copied, and if you are ssh'ed into the machine you won't even see the destination file appear until Forklift is on its second pass. So it takes as much as twice as long (depending on the speed of the connections) as in the earlier versions! Also I knocked off one additional star for design and usability - first of all they removed the window at the top where you could always see the progress of a file transfer at a glance; now you have to click a button to see it. And also they changed to a fugly icon that's probably great on a phone or tablet but looks very out of place on a desktop system. I thought I'd get over those things in time but I really haven't. Even so I could forgive those things, but when one of the main reasons people use something like Forklift is to copy files, causing it to copy files slower makes no sense at all.
17 November 2019
Version: 3.3.7
A few years ago, I got severely "burnt" after my first trial of Forklift, when it totally deleted my local folder and I had to spend days to recover most of what was lost... By that time it was defaulting from right to left when nearly every other competitor (including Transmit, where I came from) did the other way. Luckily they changed it sometime since then and my new trial is a lot more positive — though I'm still careful. ;-) I'm actually fed up about all the connection issues in Transmit, so my first impression of Forklift is quite a sense of relief: it gives a feeling of fluidity, the servers connect in a blink — actually, it looks like the FTP connection I use is immediately available when I launch Forklift! I still have occasional connection issues but I guess it's more of the server's fault and it's far better than with Transmit, anyway. Only disappointment, though, is that the sync feature won't keep the settings you've last used, so every time, you have to set them up again. One great improvement would be to have user programmable presets of how you sync (left>right or right>left, by date or by size, hidden files on or off, etc.)
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17 November 2019
Version: 3.3.7
As a long time user of Yummy FTP Pro, which stopped developing due to tragic circumstances of the developer I gave Forklift a try and I love it. The only gripe is that when using the "Open in Forklift" option in the menu, the only thing that happens is that it opens Forklift and nothing more. I would love if it would open Forklift and then automatically connect to the chosen server. But none of my servers opens and connects when using the menu options.
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22 October 2019
Version: 3.3.5
Использую его для работы с дисковыми подключениями NFS, FTP и другие - прекрасно справляется! Адекватные разработчики, которые реагируют на проблемы в работе. И самое приятное, что при обращении к ним получил скидку на покупку. Респект! Советую для повседневного использования.